11 October 2022
The publication of the book Agricultural Commercialisation, Gender Equality and the Right to Food. Insights from Cambodia and Ghana is the culmination of a multi-year research project carried out by the Geneva Academy in partnership with the Gender Centre at the Geneva Graduate Institute, the University of Ghana, the Multiangles Centre and the Centre for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the Royal University of Law and Economics in Cambodia.
Edited by our Senior Research Fellow Dr Christophe Golay and by our Associate Research Fellow Dr Joanna Bourke Martignoni, the various chapters in the book analyse processes of agricultural commercialization and their impact on gender inequalities and the enjoyment of the human rights to food, land and social security in two countries, Cambodia and Ghana.
’Profoundly different in terms of their history and location, they provide the basis for fruitful comparisons because they both transitioned to democracy in the early 1990s, made agricultural development a priority, and adopted orthodox policies of commercialization to develop the sector‘ underlines Dr Bourke Martignoni.
Portrait of Dr Golay
Chapters illustrate how commercialization processes are gendered, highlighting distinctive gender, ethnic and class dynamics in rural Ghana and Cambodia and the different outcomes these generate. They also show the ways in which food cultures are changing and the often-problematic impact of these changes on the safety and quality of food.
Specific policies and legal norms are examined, with chapters addressing the development and implementation of frameworks on the right to food and land administration. Overall, the volume brings into relief multiple dimensions shaping the outcomes of processes of commercialization, including gender orders, food cultures, policy translation, national and sub-national policies, corporate investments and programmes, and formal and informal legal norms.
’In doing so, the book offers insight into these two case countries, but also provides proposals to advance rights-based research on food security‘ explains Dr Golay.
An online launch on Friday 14 October 2022 (13:00–14:00) will discuss the major themes covered in this edited volume, in the presence of the authors and Professor Emerita Carolyn Sachs from Penn State College.
As well as this edited collection, the project has produced two short films, organised numerous policy dialogues at different levels of governance, developed four policy briefs, contributed to a Forum in the Journal of Peasant Studies as well as numerous other publications directed at policy makers, civil society, states, and international organisations.
Our new Research Brief explores the potential role of the UN Human Rights Council as an actor in the prevention of climate-related conflicts, alongside other multilateral efforts within the UN system.
This side event to the HRC 55th session will discuss the scope of the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment and its links with other human rights.
Participants in this training course, made of two modules, will examine the major international and regional instruments for the promotion of human rights and the environment, familiarizing themselves with the respective implementation and enforcement mechanisms.
This research aims at mainstreaming the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment and the protection it affords in the work of the UN Human Rights Council, its Special Procedures and Universal Periodic Review, as well as in the work of the UN General Assembly and UN treaty bodies.
After having provided academic support to the negotiation of the UN Declaration for ten years, this research project focuses on the implementation of the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.